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Skywatchers: A Revised and Updated Version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico

Skywatchers: A Revised and Updated Version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico

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By (author) Anthony Aveni

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  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Format: Paperback | 423 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 252mm x 24mm | 1,040g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Austin, TX
  • ISBN 10: 0292705026
  • ISBN 13: 9780292705029
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Sales rank: 1,102,301

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Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico helped establish the field of archaeoastronomy, and it remains the standard introduction to this subject. Combining basic astronomy with archaeological and ethnological data, it presented a readable and entertaining synthesis of all that was known of ancient astronomy in the western hemisphere as of 1980.In this revised edition, Anthony Aveni draws on his own and others' discoveries of the past twenty years to bring the Skywatchers story up to the present. He offers new data and interpretations in many areas, including: The study of Mesoamerican time and calendrical systems and their unprecedented continuity in contemporary Mesoamerican cultureThe connections between Precolumbian religion, astrology, and scientific, quantitative astronomyThe relationship between Highland Mexico and the world of the Maya and the state of Pan-American scientific practicesThe use of personal computer software for computing astronomical dataWith this updated information, Skywatchers will serve a new generation of general and scholarly readers and will be useful in courses on archaeoastronomy, astronomy, history of astronomy, history of science, anthropology, archaeology, and world religions.

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". . . a well-written, stimulating, and excellently illustrated book. Buy it or borrow it!"-- Archaeoastronomy

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Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico helped establish the field of archaeoastronomy, and it remains the standard introduction to this subject. Combining basic astronomy with archaeological and ethnological data, it presented a readable and entertaining synthesis of all that was known of ancient astronomy in the western hemisphere as of 1980.In this revised edition, Anthony Aveni draws on his own and others' discoveries of the past twenty years to bring the Skywatchers story up to the present. He offers new data and interpretations in many areas, including: -- The study of Mesoamerican time and calendrical systems and their unprecedented continuity in contemporary Mesoamerican culture -- The connections between Precolumbian religion, astrology, and scientific, quantitative astronomy -- The relationship between Highland Mexico and the world of the Maya and the state of Pan-American scientific practices -- The use of personal computer software for computing astronomical dataWith this updated information, Skywatchers will serve a new generation of general and scholarly readers and will be useful in courses on archaeoastronomy, astronomy, history of astronomy, history of science, anthropology, archaeology, and world religions.Winner of several teaching awards, including National Professor of the Year from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University in upstate New York.